Thursday, 23 May 2013
Suspect Coxson Lerebori Lucky Arrested As Alleged Ringleader In Lynching Of Four Aluu Students
The alleged instigator of the vigilante murder of four University of Port Harcourt students in Aluu community, Rivers State, has been arrested, Nigerian police announced today.
The suspect’s name was given as Coxson Lerebori Lucky, also known as “Bright”.
Lucky had been sought for questioning after the four students - Ugonna Obuzor, 18; Lloyd Toku, 19; Tekena Elkanah, 20, and Chiadika Biringa, 20 - were brutally killed by a mob who beat and “necklaced” the youths ten days ago. A video captured the students on the ground, fully disrobed with tires being forced over their heads. The mob pummeled them into bloody pulps with clubs after which they tossed kerosene on the near lifeless bodies and set them on fire.
According to police reports, the arrested suspect organized the vigilante mob by claiming the students had stolen laptops and smart-phones, a claim that was disputed by parents of one of the students and police authorities.
Twenty-one people have so far been arrested and the IG of police has ordered an inquest into the alleged involvement of police who were sighted in the area but failed to act, and has promised to bring to book any police officer found involved or negligent in the killing.